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Hair cut dilemmas (cutting black hair short)

14 comments · save · last comment by Cindy F. over 3 years ago

Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

Hey there. Well i'm considering cutting off most of my hair.

Now the lowdown about my hair:
i'm mostly african-american. i have several different textures in my hair, probably since i'm quite multiracial, that range from extremely tight and kinky to soft waves. i used to relax it, but since last year have stopped and have quite a bit the new growth. due to stopping, my hair has broken off. it used to be a bit down the small of my back but is now slightly above my shoulders (and awkward length on me). not using chemicals has also made it difficult to straighten (it actually was healthier when i relaxed). my hair takes an EXTREMELY long time to grow. it's never been long before.

i either want extremely long hair, or short hair. never had either. and i'd like to keep having bangs. both would be hard to straighten my hair with. however the first option would take a long time (i've been trying to grow out layers too). i'd like to get the cut asap to see if i'd like it or it'd be manageable. that way if it's not, i have time to grow it out a bit for school next year (as well as prom next year).

i'm not very tall, i'm barely 5'1". i'm not skinny or have small features. i'm of average weight, 115lbs, medium/small build, and a c-cup. i'm curious if getting a small hair cut is only going to exaggerate this (and i assume it does).

the cut:





there are photos of me on my flickr and LB page.

also, there's a sort of "stigma" against black girls purposely cutting their hair short when it's on the longer side. i've had hair dressers when i was younger who would refuse to cut my hair. also, any guys i've ever met state they oppose short hair on girls. honestly i don't care too much what either has to say, but it's a factor.

this was long-winded, any advice or OPINIONS would be helpful!~

over 3 years ago

#2
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

actually black hair can grow really long if taken care of properly. i can have long hair without a weave. and actually they aren't terrible for your hair and can actually help the hair if it was previously damaged. again it's all based on how well you take care of your hair.

since my hair micro-curls it doesn't look as long as if my hair was straight. my only hassle would be the straightening part.

i'm not really the edgy type, i'm alright for simplicity since that's technically the look i'm going for and simple things require less maintenance. but thank you for your opinion :] if you do have any photos of what you're referring to though that'd be lovely.

0 · July 10, 2011

#4
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

@Randi B.

it's alright! and it won't, it's still at an awkward stage. if weaves are sewn in the wrong way or too tight, like braids, they can break your hair line.again it all depends really aha.

0 · July 11, 2011

#5
Jazz Nicole

Jazz N.

NEW YORK,
United States

2653 posts

I really, really like that style and I think you should go for it, if you think you can maintain it.

Since you're multiracial, your hair is probably a lot less coarse than my natural hair is, so maybe it won't be too much of a hassle. But I've always been a bit hesitant to go for dramatic cuts w/a lot of layering or definition, because as I'm sure you know, after a wash, it goes back to your natural texture and then you have to sit there and attempt to re-do everything. This is something that people w/finer or straighter hair textures don't really need to worry too much about, since their hair actually dries somewhat straight.

Anyway, if you've already got that part figured out and I'm just rambling, ignore what I said, haha. What does your hair look like now? Is it straight or curly/wavy?

0 · July 11, 2011

#6
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

@Jazz N.

thanks for the help! and it's curly right now since it's the summer. during the school year though my hair is straight.

0 · July 11, 2011

#7
Meme In The City

Meme I.

THE PALM OF YOUR HAND,
United Kingdom

3 posts

I think you hair may be a lot like mine (from what I can see..) I also have a friend who recently cut her hair to a kind of bob and it has never looked so healthy. I'll tell you one thing, she doesn't complain about her hair anymore. I would say it's a good idea to cut it, maybe a little longer than the pictures up there, and just remember never to let it dry.

Oh and about the relaxing, I did that when i was 11, worst mistake of my life, my hair just got cut and I could barely put it in a bun. An emotional time to say the least! Good luck with you decision either way, you can find a way to work it!

0 · July 11, 2011

#8
Randi  Butler

Randi B.

NEW YORK, NY,
United States

2402 posts

@Meme I.

i plan on getting it cut as short, but i want it to grow out a bit that way it's longer than the picture (basically have it grow in longer). thanks for your input!!

0 · July 11, 2011

#9
Ana  C

Ana C.

SHROPSHIRE,
United Kingdom

25 posts

@Randi B.

no you will regret it, or if you do get the old rihanna pixie cut or something, because your hair is beaut long and for prom would look nice and dont let the growth go to waste lmao!

0 · July 15, 2011

#10
Shaina S

Shaina S.

ATLANTA,
United States

153 posts

okay. i absolutely adore the short hair cut and i think you should go for it. although i have to say, if you are not positive that you want to cut your hair off, do not do it. seriously. if you 'think' you want to cut your hair off, just don't. you will only be setting yourself up for a long, relentless road of regrets and remorse. really, it happens to people all of the time and then it takes ages to grow out. so if you are already becoming impatient trying to grow out your hair in current time, think of how difficult it will be when your hair is even shorter and you are wishing you never cut it off

0 · July 15, 2011

#11
Carolyn M

Carolyn M.

UPSTATE NY,
United States

1013 posts

I say go for it! You have the face shape for a cut like that, and I think it would look super cute.

When I was younger I had the same issue, and ended up going to cut it all shorter, and loved it so much I kept that style for years (before going even shorter!). My hair is about the length in the pictures you have now, maybe a tad longer, I'm trying to grow it into a bob.

Just make sure you go somewhere decent to get it cut - it will make you feel better about lobbing it all off if you have a great stylist behind you, even if it means a few more bucks (it did to me!).Just bring pictures and let them play with your hair. I'm surprised people have refused!

About other people's opinions - don't let it bother you. Not all guys insist on long hair (as for the ones that do, I think that's silly). My current boyfriend likes girls with short hair - and mine is shorter than his! :]

0 · July 15, 2011

#12
J.  F.

J. F.

THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON,
Canada

66 posts

Screw the guys that oppose to short hair on girls. They're insecure. Basically, they feel it's better for girls to have longer hair so they can feel masculine. Total bull.
As for short hair in general, it's great. Easy to maintain, and you use less shampoo/conditioner. For me, I find short hair makes me unique and it makes me stand out, since a lot of other girls keep their hair long. :)

0 · July 16, 2011

#14
Cindy F

Cindy F.

Netherlands

445 posts

I think you can handle the cut.
It's cute, and not too short. And you can curl or straight the cut, and it will still look great!
Love your style btw, you're a good built person, and you have a beautiful face (:
Ask your hairdresser for advice, and people who know your face well.
You'll be just fine! (:
No worries!

0 · July 16, 2011

  

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